Our Leadership Principles
The Reseda church is committed to the biblical order of church
organization and servant leadership. The biblical pattern of church
government calls for church autonomy, which means that each local
church selects its own governing body of leaders. The authority
of the selected officials extends no further than the local body
of believers. There is no denominational hierarchy to which our
leaders or members are subject.
The second guiding principle of the New Testament model is the
pattern-principle of servant leadership. Our leaders see themselves
as servants who have been given by the Lord of the church to His
members. The role of servant leaders is to equip the members for
their works of service, Ephesians 4:11-12. The biblical pattern
of leadership divides leadership service into four categories:
Our Ministers (Administrative
The Reseda church presently employs fulltime ministers who serve
as the administrative staff. The administrators are servant leaders
who are devoted fulltime to the ministry of the Word and prayer.
Our Eldership (Pastoral staff)
The church elders are servant leaders who have been selected from
among the membership to provide pastoral guidance and oversight
of the church. They are trained and equipped by the Ministers
of the Word to be examples and overseers of the members.
Our Deacons (Ministry staff)
The church deacons are servant leaders who are selected on the
basis of spiritual qualities (1 Timothy 3:8ff.) to lead the members
in accomplishing the works of the ministry. They serve under the
oversight and coaching of the elders. In our congregational strategy
of ministry, deacons are strategic ministry leaders of small groups.
They provide the pattern of leadership for our small group leaders
to follow. Deacons represent the extended arms and legs of our
Our Trustees (Management
The church Trustees are sevant leaders who are selected on the
basis of fundamental spiritual maturity as indicated in Acts 6:1-7.
These are members who are appointed to table ministries. They
are biblically describes as "Helps" who are assigned
duties to manage services not directly related to the four functions
of the Ministry. The management staff of helps enables the Ministers,
Shepherds, and Deacons to tend to the equipping ministry of the